Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Wilson, Joseph, Tyrel, Elly, Rebecca and Paul in the back.
Ugandans love certificates. In this picture they just received a certificate for completing a Book of Mormon class. After the Doctrine and Covenants institute class ended we decided to use the intervening weeks to teach all of the Book of Mormon. Eleven weeks later they received their certificates with their heads full of doctrines, events and personalities from that great and most correct book. Terry and I were extremely happy we survived it all. Have you ever tried to teach all of the book of Alma in one and a half hours??

Monday, January 30, 2012

President and Sister Jackson

President Eric Jackson is the mission president for the Uganda Kampala Mission and the initial reason we are serving here. The Spirit was the moving force behind our acceptance. We have known him and his wife since our last mission in South Africa so when we heard he had been called to be the mission president we wrote an email to congratulate him. It didn't take him long to write us back and in his email he wrote, "I have been thinking of you two since I got this call and was wondering if you would consider joining us in Uganda for another mission"??? It took the Spirit only a few minutes to confirm to us that we should go and here we are, serving under this great man.

The Jackson's are phenomenal people as they travel to all the areas in this huge mission which covers all of Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Southern Sudan and Rwanda. The equivalent area would be all of the US east of the Mississippi River. Millions of people, numerous tribes and many languages would be a daunting challenge for most people but the Jackson's take it in stride. We love them for their example and loving kindness to all. We are amazed at their energy, dedication and optimism.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Apart for Now

Sometimes we feel a world a part from our friends and family...maybe because we are on the other side of the world...but we feel your love and prayers and that has sustained us. Thanks and much love back to you.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fellow Citizens

Since the last blog entry the work has been going on!!
Emmanuel and his father, John, before his baptism. He was previously baptized two years ago but was never confirmed because his family had to move to a new location. He is now a full member of the Church. All things in order in our Father's kingdom. John and his family are preparing to go to the temple this year but it takes a lot of money to acquire passports and yellow fever shots for seven people. They have great faith that the Lord will help them.

Five baptized on December 31st have begun their new year with new life in the gospel. Sarah, third from the left, was a pastor of another church. She heard the message of the restored gospel and knew it was true, resigned her position and with two of her children entered the waters of baptism. Joseph and Pius were also happy to join the church.

Mama Florence, holding her baby, was baptized along with three of her children a couple months ago. In this picture, her older daughter is preparing to do the same. Florence has six children and when she was pregnant with the baby her husband walked out on them...hasn't been seen since. Their life is difficult but they have joy because they have found the true church of Jesus Christ.

We are so blessed in getting to know these good people.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas in Uganda

Christmas in Uganda is certainly a different experience with green grass and trees, birds singing and lizards running around the place. We have avocados and papaya hanging on our trees for decorations. No white Christmas for us this year!!
On Christmas Eve day we hosted our eight elders for a big breakfast and then enjoyed a spiritual program of scripture reading, carol singing and topped it off with a viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life", the best Christmas movie of all time.

Elder Bailey, Elder Winters and Elder McChesney finding goodies in their stockings.

Elders Kaseve, Ngqoyiya, Lyman, Maumbe and Ogollah are making sure they have as many treasures as the others!! The chocolate santas didn't last long...
We hope the elders felt a little bit of home with us and that their parents are comforted to know that they are well cared for.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thanksgiving with Good Friends

Instead of a quiet day by ourselves with no incentive to cook creatively, we were blessed to have two of our favorite couples join us in Mbale for a few days over Thanksgiving. What a treat it was for us!!
The Thayns and Frosts are so nice to have around providing us with good conversation, accounts of exciting experiences like almost sliding off the mountain-side in their car and inspiring missionary encounters. These two couples may be the best missionaries in the whole mission!! They will even share the gospel with the police men that pull them over to the side of the road. Their technique is to keep the upper hand on the situation by saying, "Do you like to read? Can you read English?" and then they hand them a church pamphlet on the gospel. Distraction works well especially if the people have a love for their Savior...and most do.

Elder Frost spent the first few hours in Mbale training the Branch clerks on the use of MLS and he impressed them so much they wanted him to come back the next day (Thanksgiving), not that they had any more questions, but they just liked being around him!! The day after Thanksgiving Elder and Sister Thayn taught five of our members a 'Planning for Success' lesson and then taught the leaders their role in the PEF program. So the vacation was really a working one (not just a lot of fun and goofing off...just in case there are any out there that think missions are snap).

Here are the missionaries hard
at work, studying, working on
the computers and generally much engaged in doing good works!! Me, I was goofing off taking the pictures.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Wedding

On November 18th, 19th and 20th we were in Jinja for Zone Conference and the Jinja District Conference. Elder Renlund of the Seventy and our Africa Southeast Area President was the visiting authority with his dynamic wife. They both spoke to the missionaries on Friday and then to the members of the church from Jinja, Mbale and Busia. There were more than 500 people in attendance at the Sunday meeting. Elder Renlund was impressed with the faithfulness and quality of the people he met over this weekend and is inclined towards organizing another Stake in Uganda because of his impressions. How exciting that is!!

After the Sunday conference session we had another wedding of an Mbale couple. Mbale is still not registered with the government for us to conduct our weddings there so we have to do it where they are approved!!
Isaac and Josophine are now married and she is progressing towards baptism.

Elder R supervised the signing of the certificates while Pres. Mubbala looked on. The President did such a great job in giving counsel to the couple before he performed the ordinance. He has such a cute way of sayings things.